Gift of India Yoga School

Angela Ashwin

I founded the Yoga School in 2021 with several teachers covering most parts of Devon and Dorset. I was member of the British Wheel of Yoga for 30 years and my experience training teachers for the BWY has enabled me to create courses of highest standard. I have trained near to 100 Yoga teachers over six courses. Eight of these Yoga teachers are now members of the School. I am based at the Yoga Studio Exmouth, but our teachers cover most parts of Devon and Dorset. I am travelling through the whole of the country, teaching mainly further training for teachers. Via Zoom people from anywhere can link into many of our events.

The school is based on the Indian heritage and the practice of the eight limbs. We are aiming to integrate Indian philosophy into Western society that we live in, to enable us and our students to live in a more yogic way. 

The relationship between the participants, teachers and students of the school is based on the Yamas, the first limb of Patanjali’s yoga. All participants are dedicated to a life following the Yoga principles and work on a yogic transformation for themselves and for the people we teach.

The school is based on supporting each other, acceptance and sharing, no one is left alone with a frightening task, we teach and train each other.  We base our activities on the four As: 

  • Ambition: We want to be and to become good yoga teachers

  • Aspiration: We aim to become “good people” by following the yoga principles and to minimise our Ego-tendencies. We want to pass these aims on to our students.

  • Authenticity: We stay individuals with our own history and potential. Students should not become clones of their teachers, but are encouraged to develop their individual style. 

  • Attitude: As teachers we will work in the attitude of Seva, selfless service. We are all a part of a greater whole. We will act in service to the welfare of all, by sharing the teachings of Yoga principles.

I am the founder and the most senior yoga teacher, I do not wish to impose any hierarchy in the school. All teachers and students have the same say.

We are offering:

  • Weekly classes in different locations by different teachers

  • Speciality classes such as chair yoga, pregnancy yoga

  • One to one yoga tuition

  • Foundation training, which can lead to teacher training

  • Yoga teacher training (a 500 hour, level 4 course, over three years)

  • CPD training for the teachers of the School as well as for other yoga teachers

  • Training teacher trainers, Yoga teachers of the school can be trained to teach parts and modules of the teacher training courses

  • Meditation courses

  • Chanting groups